Twitch set to enforce new rules against online harassment

Twitch has announced updates to its community guidelines that inclues new rules set to curb online harassment, all of which will go into effect on Feb. 19 at 9am PT.

The video game streaming platform also insisted that while old guidelines will remain in use until that date, but all clips and VODs that violate Twitch’s new rules will have to be deleted, else the streamer could be punished.

“During the transition period, we’ll be reaching out to some streamers whose current and past content may violate these new guidelines to help you be successful on Twitch,” the company wrote in a statement. “Our goal is to ensure everyone understands and adheres to the updated community guidelines so you can keep creating content for your communities.”

The anti-harassment and hateful conduct policy has been added to ensure that all Twitch streamers feel welcome on the platform, with any content deemed hateful will result in an immediate and “indefinite” suspension.

Additionally, this policy will be extended beyond Twitch itself, as the company will now “consider verifiable or harassing conduct that takes place off-Twitch when making moderation decisions for actions that occur on Twitch.”

In short, any form of hate speech directed toward someone on Twitch, regardless of where it’s posted, will be a violation of the policy. “It means users can provide documentation that illustrates harassment from any source, but we will only factor in instances if we can personally verify them.”

As a footnote, Twitch has also claimed that they will continue to evaluate its guidelines and revisit its enforcement policies for partnered streamers and non-partnered streamers. “You can also expect significant improvements to AutoMod, Twitch’s automated chat moderation system,” the managing body said in closing.

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